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Review: This Is 40
I'm at a loss to empathize with the middle-aged plight of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), supporting players in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up , now front and center in the writer/director/producer's kinda-sorta sequel.
| December 21, 2012
Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as an unemployed New York couple who, while on the road, chance upon a commune and decide to try the make-love-not-money lifestyle.
| March 02, 2012
Review: Our Idiot Brother
Homeless and bounced from one sister's house to the next, will Ned and his simplicity serve as a touchstone of truth for these miserable women?
Jesse Peretz's obnoxious comedy
| August 26, 2011
Love might be awarded at this year's Sundance Festival, but anger holds sway
When you step back from Sundance 2011 and its 110 films that hit the dozen screens over the 10 days ending January 30, what you come away with is the year of Angry Men.
Hope and fury
| February 04, 2011
Review: How Do You Know
It's strange that James L. Brooks should take so long to make his movies, since he started out writing for TV shows like That Girl and My Mother the Car .
Where's the Brooks of Broadcast News ?
| December 17, 2010
Review: Dinner for Schmucks
The difference between French and Hollywood filmmaking consists of more than just subtitles.
It's a bit half baked
| July 30, 2010
Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono
As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
| June 18, 2010
Review: Year One
Mel Brooks and the lads from Monty Python stormed through this territory with fierce farce. Here there's little farce, just a fusillade of flaccid dick jokes.
Not everything Judd Apatow touches is gold.
| June 26, 2009
Judd Apatow and Friends
Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill are questionable enough to begin with on their physical merits, but they make our list mainly because we're completely sick of getting inundated with their advertisements. Apatow gets bonus Unsexy points for the ri
Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill are questionable enough to begin with on their physical merits, but they make our list mainly because we're completely sick of getting inundated with their advertisements. Apatow gets bonus Unsexy points for the right-wing current bubbling beneath his films; and while James Franco, Paul Rudd, and Jason Segel seem like great dudes, they're unsexy by association.
Boston Phoenix Staff
| March 26, 2009
Review: Monsters Vs. Aliens
Susan Murphy (voice of Reese Witherspoon) has it all: she's about to marry the love of her life and jet off to Paris.
A force to be reckoned with
| March 24, 2009
Review: I Love You, Man
I Love You, Man starts up where He's Just Not into You left off, with some poor emasculated bastard being sacrificed to some clinging, needy, borderline psychotic bitch at the altar.
Paul Rudd and Jason Segel subvert stereotypes
| March 17, 2009
Interview: Paul Rudd
"With Lou Ferrigno there was also that element of excitement that I think we had with Rush."
His bromantic side
| March 17, 2009
Hope springs infernal
Given the current economic climate, spring this year is a season more of dread than of hope for change.
Brimstone and buddy movies are on the Hollywood agenda
| March 12, 2009
The screen offers relief from a world of woe
The screen offers relief from a world of woe
| December 29, 2008
The movie, populated by improv/stand-up veterans in supporting roles, is more about its episodic parts than about the cinematic whole they yield.
A respectably quirky buddy flick
| November 05, 2008
With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
| September 08, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Judd Apatow gave the dick joke a shot of Viagra in Knocked Up and Superbad .
A limp comedic effort
| April 16, 2008
Over Her Dead Body
TV stars Eva Longoria Parker and Lake Bell find life after TV in this beyond-the-grave rom-com.
| January 30, 2008
The last thing people are looking for when they go to the movies is a reminder of the political crapola they are trying to escape.
2008 releases offer campaign reform
| December 28, 2007
Winona Ryder, for example, plays a newlywed who gets sexually liberated by a dummy (the wooden kind).
Hallelujah the hodgepodge
| August 01, 2007
Mother of convention
Having laughed more at The 40-Year-Old Virgin than at any other film in 2005, I expected much the same from Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up .
Women get screwed in Knocked Up
| May 30, 2007
The girls of summer
It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
| May 18, 2007
Jeff Silva and Alla Kovgan are the curators of the long-going Balagan Film Series at the Coolidge Corner, and also estimable cinéastes in their own right.
And who will dig Diggers?
| April 24, 2007
Reno 911!: Miami
It remains true to form by focusing on the little things, like thongs, of which there are more than in any other movie this year.
Unconstrained by the small screen
| February 28, 2007
The Oh in Ohio
Parker Posey is a self-described “unmeltable ice queen” and “ball of fear” in Billy Kent’s likable indie comedy that (though no one will believe it) is better than The 40-Year Old Virgin . Watch the trailer for The Oh in Ohio (QuickTime)
Better than The 40-Year Old Virgin
| August 02, 2006
If there’s an extra hop in our step this week, it’s because we’re talking about Dan Hedaya, our top-tier, number-one, ultimate favorite character actor of all.
The career of Dan Hedaya
| July 20, 2006
The ultimate BROADCAST JOURNALIST movies
Judging from the handful of movies made on the subject, filmmakers have little apparent use for the television business.
Movies . . . one profession at a time
| March 10, 2006
Heat of the moment
There's a reason comedies are rarely over 110 minutes, and Virgin is a good example.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin plays with itself too much
| January 19, 2006
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